June 3, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn volleyball rising senior Alyssa Davis earned the bronze medal as a member of the U.S. Women's National A2 Red Team at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships held at the Phoenix Convention Center, May 29-June 1.
Davis, a 6-4 middle blocker from Oakland Park, Fla., was a part of the 24-member National A2 program that trained in Tempe, Ariz., May 24-28. The group was then split into two 12-member rosters for the open championships, the A2 Blue Team and A2 Red Team. The A2 Blue Team captured the tournament gold medal.
"It was a great opportunity for me to play with and compete against some of the best collegiate players in the nation," Davis said. "I got a lot of practice playing against athletes my height and it really helped me become stronger at the net."
The group was selected from a group of athletes that participated in the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A total of 175 athletes were in attendance.
Davis will return for her senior year in 2010 as the squad looks to improve on its 16-15 overall 2009 mark. The Tigers enjoyed its best season in 10 years as the team finished second in the SEC West.